Now Rhys Davies gets Monty call-up

Rhys Davies has been invited to join Colin Montgomeries European Ryder Cup team at Celtic Manor in October.

Budding Welsh star Rhys Davies has been invited to join Colin Montgomerie’s European Ryder Cup team for their biennial battle against the USA at Celtic Manor in October.

But it’s not as a player and it is not to give the team a token Welshman in the first-ever Ryder Cup match to be played in Wales.

Davies made that clear when he told the BBC: “Colin really wants me there to gain the experience of what it is like at a Ryder Cup,”

The young Welshman will be Montgomerie’s “personal buggy driver” in Newport

Martin Kaymer, the new US PGA Champion and one of the nine qualifiers who have made Monty’s team, was given a similar invitation and few year’s ago, and Davies, already Wales’ No 1 golfer at 25, is seen as a being a top prospect with the same kind of qualities that went in to making Kaymer a Major winner this year.

Davies is the Celtic Manor’s new Ryder Cup course record holder after his 62 at this year’s Wales Open where he finished runner-up to European team member and subsequent US Open champion Graeme McDowell.

Along with this, Davies claimed a maiden win in his first season on the European Tour at the Hassan II Championship in Morocco in March and has also picked up five other top six Tour finishes on his way to climbing to number 52 in the World Rankings

Davies was hoping for a wild card after his heroics at Celtic Manor, but in the end there were just too many seasoned stars lined up against him and even the likes of Paul Casey and Justin Rose were left out when Montgomerie named Padraig Harringtom, Luke Donald and fast-rising Edoardo Molinari as his three wild card picks.

“It (his invitation to drive Monty’s buggy) has helped overcome the disappointment of not making the team,” Davies told the BBC.